iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – the cheapest tariffs

Planning on buying an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus - both of which hit the shelves on September 19? You’ll want to know the cheapest way to get hold of one.

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The feature-packed new iPhone (read all about it here) feels even better when it's operating on the best value tariff. So we've rounded up tariff details from all the big networks to help you choose.

Here are the cheapest iPhone 6 deals…

O2

For a 16GB iPhone 6, here’s what O2 is offering…

 Minutes/Texts  Data  3G/4G  Upfront cost Monthly cost  Cost over 2 year contract 
 Unlimited  20GB  4G ready £0  £53  £1,272 
  Unlimited  20GB  4G ready  £0  £49.99  £1,201.99
  Unlimited  2GB  4G ready  £29.99  £43  £1,061.99
  Unlimited  5GB  4G ready  £0  £48  £1,152
  Unlimited  5GB  4G ready  £79.99  £43  £1,111.99

For a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, here’s what’s on offer…

Minutes/Texts  Data  3G/4G  Upfront cost Monthly cost  Cost over 2 year contract 
 Unlimited  20GB  4G ready £0  £58  £1,392 
  Unlimited  20GB  4G ready  £49.99  £53  £1,321.99
  Unlimited  20GB  4G ready  £129.99  £48  £1,281.99
  Unlimited  2GB  4G ready  £9.99  £48  £1,161.99
  Unlimited  5GB  4G ready  £0  £53  £1,272

Of course, if you’re already on an O2 Refresh tariff, you’ll be able to pay off what remains of your contract’s handset payments and upgrade. What you’ll pay depends on how long is left of your current plan.

Vodafone

All Vodafone plans come with 6 months’ free Netflix and 24 months of either Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile TV. Here’s how the tariffs stack up for a 16GB iPhone 6…

 Minutes/Texts  Data 3G/4G  Upfront cost  Monthly cost  Cost over 2 year contract 
 Unlimited  10GB   4G ready  £0 £53.50  £1,284 
  Unlimited  20GB    4G ready  £0  £58.50  £1,404
  Unlimited  7GB  4G ready  £49  £48.50  £1,213
  Unlimited  4GB  4G ready  £99  £43.50  £1,143

For an iPhone 6 Plus, here’s what’s on offer…

 Minutes/Texts  Data 3G/4G  Upfront cost  Monthly cost  Cost over 2 year contract 
 Unlimited  10GB   4G ready  £19 £58.50  £1,423
  Unlimited  20GB    4G ready  £19  £63.50  £1,442
  Unlimited  7GB  4G ready  £49  £53.50  £1,333
  Unlimited  4GB  4G ready  £99  £48.50  £1,263

Three

All Three plans come with 4G at no extra cost and free calls from overseas. Here’s what the numerical network charges for a 16GB iPhone 6…

 Minutes/Texts Data  3G/4G  Upfront cost  Monthly cost  Cost over 2 year contract 
 Unlimited  1GB 4G ready    £99 £38  £1,011 
 Unlimited  2GB  4G ready  £99  £41  £1,083
 Unlimited  Unlimited  4G ready  £99  £45  £1,179

And for the iPhone 6 Plus…

 Minutes/Texts Data  3G/4G  Upfront cost  Monthly cost  Cost over 2 year contract 
 Unlimited  1GB 4G ready    £99 £44 £1,155
 Unlimited  2GB  4G ready  £99  £47  £1,227
 Unlimited  Unlimited  4G ready  £99  £51  £1,323

EE

The cheapest deal on a 16GB iPhone 6 from EE comes in at a two-year cost of just over £1,000…

 Minutes/Texts Data  3G/4G Upfront cost   Monthly cost Cost over 2 year contract 
 Unlimited 20GB Double-speed 4G £49.99 £53.99 £1,345.75
Unlimited  10GB Double-speed 4G £49.99 £48.99 £1,225.75
Unlimited 5GB Double-speed 4G £79.99 £45.99 £1,183.75
Unlimited 4GB Double-speed 4G £99.99 £43.99 £1,155.75
Unlimited 2GB Double-speed 4G £99.99 £40.99 £1,083.75
1,000/Unlimited 2GB Double-speed 4G £139.99 £38.99 £1,075.75
1,000/Unlimited 1GB Double-speed 4G £139.99 £35.99 £1,003.75

Its cheapest deal on a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile, comes in at a two-year cost of around £1,100…

 Minutes/Texts Data  3G/4G Upfront cost   Monthly cost Cost over 2 year contract 
 Unlimited 20GB Double-speed 4G £99.99 £53.99 £1,395.75
Unlimited  10GB Double-speed 4G £149.99 £48.99 £1,325.75
Unlimited 5GB  4G ready £179.99 £45.99 £1,283.75
Unlimited 4GB Double-speed 4G £199.99 £43.99 £1,255.75
Unlimited 2GB 4G ready £199.99 £40.99 £1,183.75
1,000/Unlimited 2GB Double-speed 4G £239.99 £38.99 £1,175.75
1,000/Unlimited 1GB 4G ready £239.99 £35.99 £1,103.75

 

Summary

If your only concern is getting the iPhone 6 at the cheapest possible price – regardless of allowances for data, text, minutes, or upfront cost, then EE comes in cheapest at £1,003.75 over two years.

Similarly, if you only care about getting the iPhone 6 Plus for the absolute cheapest two-year deal, EE is cheapest again at £1,103.75.

But remember, when you go for the absolute lowest price option, you’ll also get the lowest data, call and text allowances. If you choose a tariff with less than you need, it’ll be a false economy because you’ll be charged for exceeding your limits.

Upfront fee-free

If you want the cheapest deal where you don’t pay anything up front for the iPhone 6, O2 is your best bet. For a two-year cost of £1,201.99 (with no up-front fee), you’ll get 20GB of data, unlimited calls and texts and a monthly fee of £49.99.

For the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s O2 again, at a two-year cost of £1,272 (£53 a month). For that you get 5GB of data and unlimited calls and texts.

If, however, you want the lowest monthly cost on the iPhone 6, you’ll need to pay £139.99 up-front at EE, resulting in a monthly cost of £35.99. For the iPhone 6 Plus, it’ll be EE again: £239.99 up-front and £35.99 a month.

SIM-free

Finally, if you just want to buy the handset and put your own SIM card in it, here’s what you’ll pay.

   iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus 
 16GB  £539 £619 
 64GB  £619  £699
 128GB  £699  £789
Apple Store prices 12/09/14

And don't forget, you can compare tariffs for these and more handsets over on our mobiles channel.

Please note: any rates or deals mentioned in this article were available at the time of writing. Click on a highlighted product and apply direct.

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